Mountain Tap Brewery
Artisanal wood-fired pizzas and tasty lagers and IPAs get you stoked? Find that and more (including thirst-inducing, spicy popcorn) at Mountain Tap Brewery downtown, which features innovative beers and a full menu of cuisine served up in a family-friendly atmosphere. Twelve taps pour everything from hoppy IPAs to porters, ales and lagers (Swillin’ fave: the Macaroon). A giant wood-fired oven cranks out delish pizzas and more, and an outside patio along Yampa Street fuels its social ambiance. “Our beers, cuisine and casual ambience all depict Steamboat’s mountain town vibe,” says owner Rich Tucciarone, who, when not brewing, can be found SUP-surfing the A-wave right next door. It’s located at 910 Yampa, just across the Ninth Street Bridge from Howelsen Hill.
Storm Peak Brewing Co.
The summertime top-seller at Storm Peak Brewing Co., located west of town at 1885 Elk River Plaza, is probably its Hoochie Mama, says co-owner Wyatt Patterson. “But we also brew some lighter IPAs for the summer as well that go over well,” he says. “And we’ve had a tremendous response to our new seltzer, which is a great option for those who don’t like ‘beer.’”
Storm Peak makes its beer in a 4,600-square-foot facility with 20 taps and garage doors that open to a large patio with fire pit. Mainstays include Maestro IPA, Mad Creek Kolsch and the rotating, dry-hopped Lawnmower series, but it also experiments with everything from coffee to kettle-soured ales. “We love sharing our passion for beer,” says Patterson, who admits his favorite is whatever’s new. “Our brewers do a killer job of making fun and new stuff so there’s almost always something new to enjoy.”
Patterson adds that for a brewery of their volume, they benefit from a high-end brewing facility. “Our lab and quality control program is really way ahead for a brewery our size,” he says. “We’ve invested a lot in knowledge and equipment to better understand our beer so we can make the best, most consistent product we can.” And keep your eyes on it this summer: “We have a couple of big projects in the works that I can’t talk about quite yet.”
Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill
Located downtown on 5th Street and Lincoln Avenue, Mahogany Ridge is Steamboat’s oldest brewery, serving up more than 20 varieties of craftmade brewha’s, with seven on tap at any given time. Locals’ favorites include the potent Alpenglow and Charlie’s Cherry Ale, which is brewed with 264 pounds of cherries. To help absorb the alcohol, sample its “dipping menu,” with 20 different sauces. “The beers are great, and it’s not your typical brewpub fare,” says owner Charlie Noble, touting its fish and chips, burgers, ribs and tapas.
Steamboat Whiskey Company
For stronger libations, saddle up to Steamboat Whiskey Company, located at 1103 Lincoln Ave. in Steamboat’s first Co-op building. Town’s first and only craft distillery, the establishment makes its high-quality spirits by hand in an American-made pot still. Stop in for a free tasting, whiskey-infused dessert or a signature libation (try its Sleeping Giant Gin or Ski Town Vodka), all while watching its distilling team in action.
“We have a lot happening this year,” says co-owner Jessica Newhall. “We’ve had our heads down working pretty hard during the pandemic. We’re excited to debut a new line of rum-based liqueurs this summer, as well as our first aged whiskey and our collaboration with Storm Peak Brewery—a single malt whiskey.”
Visit on a Wednesday and play its hilarious Adult Spelling Bee, held at 7:30 p.m. “And we’re super excited to bring live music back this summer,” Newhall adds. steamboatwhiskeyco.com
Unleash your inner sommelier at Steamboat Winery, located at Two Brothers Ranch 20 minutes from downtown. Due to Steamboat’s short growing season, it purchases its grapes from California, mainly Sonoma and Napa, letting it produce wines here in the Yampa Valley. All of its labels center around life in Steamboat, including River Angler Cabernet Sauvignon, Slopeside White Chardonnay, Ranch Dog Rose’ of Pinot Noir, The Daisies Sauvignon Blanc, Expert Slope Syrah, The Aspens Barbera, Barn Red Blend, The Antlers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rodeo Merlot, and a Bunny Slope non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice. Its wines are also available for purchase locally (as well as wine and chocolate gift baskets), as are private in-home tastings with charcuterie by appointment. steamboatwinery.com